Introduced in 1943, 'Wando' is a cross between 'Laxton's Progress' (an English heirloom) and 'Perfection' (a New England heirloom). It is cold tolerant for early sowing, and more heat tolerant than other pea cultivars. Sturdy, 24"-30" plants with 7-9 medium-sized peas in each pod. Sow in early spring and again in midsummer. In mild climates, it can even be sown in fall for winter harvest.
• Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
• Days to Maturity: 68 days
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: Western Asia, Europe, and North Africa
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–30" tall
• Variety Information: Numerous 3"–3½" pods with 7–9 medium-size peas in each.
• Type: Shelling pea
• Attributes: Heat Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–80°F and again 10 to 12 weeks before your average first frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest. Best grown in temperatures less than 85°F.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: 1"
• Seed Spacing: 2"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: Not required.
• Harvesting: Shelling peas should be harvested when the pods are plump, about 3 weeks after flowering. Peas that are too mature are tough and will cause the plant to stop producing; therefore, harvest regularly when pods are at their peak. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick the pods with the other; vines are fragile.